Bing Smart Search was first introduced as part of Windows 8.1 this last fall allowing you to swipe or type from your Start screen to find what you need like documents on your PC, a photo album in the cloud, your favorite app, or a website. Today, Bing has announced they are making improvements to Smart Search in Windows 8.1.
Improvements include making search more natural. For example, if you are unclear on where to go to find new apps for Windows, you can search “get apps for windows” where Smart Search will showcase the Windows Store. Bing has taken some of the most common tasks people perform in Windows 8.1 to have Smart Search show results based on natural language understanding.
Bing has also done some work to improve common spelling mistakes in the Smart Search bar and to showcase more apps that might be relevant to your search.
For more, see their blog post here.
One day I may "upgrade" to 8.1 but given the current clusterf off an upgrade/install process it wont be happening any time soon. The only laptop that I had 8.1 on is now running 7(it was easy with an 7 sp1 iso didn't have to install "7.0" first and then install "7.1") after a HDD crash because I didn't want to waste my time installing 8.0 then waste more time and bandwidth updating it to 8.1. Without the ability to use an .iso to install 8.1 with an 8 key windows 8 remains anti hobbyist. Believe or not MS not having a technet/msdn subscription doesn't make you an idiot. Yes there are all kinds on work arounds on the net to allow 8.1 to be installed cleanly but why should a user have to jump thru hoops just to compensate for Microsofts shortsighted processes and arrogance Also yes I will continue to complain about this because it frustrates me no end.